Today, I want to discuss a specific facial movement that can worsen facial asymmetry. The jaw movement is the most important and dramatic movement in our face and the main cause of asymmetrical faces. While other facial muscles may move slightly, they don't have as much impact as jaw movement. If you move your jaw asymmetrically, even at a very subtle level, it can result in a more uneven appearance. To counteract this, I'll introduce three ways to achieve a more symmetrical face.
1. Asymmetrical Eating
Eating is the most crucial factor in causing asymmetrical faces. Asymmetrical eating, also known as dominant eating, is the primary reason for facial asymmetry. This is because it's a muscle-based jaw movement. People have dominant and non-dominant sides, just like dominant hands, eyes, etc. So, it's common to have a dominant chewing side, but to achieve a symmetrical face, it's important to chew evenly 50/50. This helps to ensure that the tongue and teeth are moving equally and prevents a tilt in the face. Try placing your fingers on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and gently moving the jaw up and down. Chewing 50/50 is critical since we eat every day, and asymmetrical chewing can lead to asymmetrical faces.
2. Unnecessary Facial Movement
Aside from chewing, jaw movements can occur unconsciously through out the day. Tension speaking, yawning, drinking, and even resting can cause the jaw to move downward. To minimize this movement, try to avoid dropping the jaw and be mindful of your facial posture when speaking, eating, drinking, yawning, and even smiling. I have videos dedicated to each of these activities, including how to speak and yawn properly. Our TMJ moves 5,000 times a day, so it's important to keep jaw movements to a minimum.
3.Unnecessary Body Movement
Avoid bone-based movements that cause pressure on the thin temporal space. This can lead to a misalignment of bones and negatively affect facial symmetry. Examples include constant pressure from hand gestures, side sleeping, crossing legs, and other bad body postures. To reset and maintain symmetry, it is recommended to do facial exercises, such as those shown in a classic video about the "Seven bad habits to cause asymmetrical face". This video, filmed several years ago, also shows the transformation of the face after avoiding these habits.
In conclusion, I presented three tips to minimize asymmetrical faces. The first two tips focus on muscle control. The first tip is to chew evenly, both sides at the same time, instead of alternating. The second tip is to minimize jaw movements during facial expressions such as speaking, yawning, and resting. Since we make this movement more than 5,000 times a day, it is important to minimize the dropping of the jaw to prevent asymmetrical faces. The third tip is to be mindful of bone pressure during activities such as sleeping, certain postures, or even certain movements.